Well the last two days have been packed and hectic. We are settling now into a routine, still packed but not so unstable.
Sunday was a day at church. Pastor Charles and his community of churches were opening and dedicating a new church in the capital, Bujumbura. It was a huge building, three stories on one side with a balcony, huge open center worship area. The day started at 9 am and was filled with this dedication ceremony. There were probably 850-900 people there with lots of dignitaries: the Bishop of the Free Methodist churches and other leaders from other denominations. We were also blessed to have several political people there including the Secretary for Solidarity and Reconciliation. Lots of people and lots of activities. Singing galore!
At 2 pm Charles asked me to preach! (did you catch the times on this? We started at 9 am and I was called up to preach at 2 pm!) I and a few others had been sitting on the stage in front of the congregation for 5 Hours!!It was probably 100 degrees, no air circulation. I was drenched under my sports coat and I hadn't even done anything! I just wanted to close in prayer, not preach, but Charles suggested that it would be a great encouragement for the church. I took my normal 45 min. sermon and boiled it down to a bare 15 minutes (including translation) and prayed. (I basically closed the ceremony.)
Then we left for our 2 1/2 hour serpentine drive up to Gitega for a week of training pastors. I was exhausted.
Today we began our studies in Romans and Galatians. (Now I wonder why I chose BOTH books??) I spent the first session of 4 horus just answering their questions and showing them how the answers were in Romans. the afternoon session lasted another 3 hours and we began our study. Are we going to finish? Not sure, but we'll do our best.
Thanks for praying for me. Please continue through friday; that it would be a profitable time for the pastors and then their churches. Most of these pastors have a lot of strange ideas and theologies. A mixture of everything under the "name of Jesus." It would make you both laugh and cry.